Swinging Bridge Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Swinging Bridge Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 59 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

forest

river

wild flowers

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. A short flat hike to the swinging bridge over a slow-moving river with perfect pools for swimming. This approximate 1.5 mile out-and-back hike will take you to a swinging wooden bridge with some great pools to swim in and lay in the afternoon sun. There is also a granite "slide" upriver of the bridge but water your swimsuit, as the tough granite has been known to rip holes in some suits. You will find it hard not to spend all day here, so pack a lunch and have a picnic on the granite slabs in between dips in the river. You can make the hike into a loop by walking back on the opposite side of the river; this road will eventually lead you to the Wawona Lodge.

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10 months ago

This one is literally just a bridge and a small path before and after. great after a long day of hiking to cool down with.

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10 months ago

Convenient spot to park if you’re there early. Good location in the valley and beautiful views

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10 months ago

Beautiful views all around.

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11 months ago

This was a great trail. The flowers were in full bloom along the trail.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Super easy little stroll through very peaceful trail. Very flat, great for families

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11 months ago

If you want to challenge yourself, make it a loop through town and spend the day walking... an additional 4.5 to 5.5 miles.

11 months ago

Easy, mostly flat trail. Very pretty! Kids loved the swinging bridge!! Drive to parking spot was one lane road but worth it!

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11 months ago

Best kept secret. We learned about this trail from a ranger. Super easy and flat. Amazing photo opp.

Tue Sep 25 2018

We enjoyed the Wawona swimming hole today

Sun Jul 08 2018

Lovely swimming spot, but cold! Also beware of the fast currents.

Fri Jul 06 2018

Great places to swim

Tue Jul 25 2017

The beginning of this trail leads to a bridge with a beautiful view of the meadow and some falls. There's even a beach where you can dip your toes into the freezing water. Full of dragonflies, it's magical!

walking
Thu Jul 13 2017

A nice easy hike. The bridge is cool.

hiking
Sun Apr 23 2017

Quick easy hike

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Sat Mar 25 2017

Very easy..

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Mon Jul 25 2016

Quick easy hike... Gets crowded and hard to find a private swimming hole.

hiking
Mon Jul 25 2016

Moderate with swimming holes at the end.

Tue Jul 05 2016

The hike from Chilnualna Road was fine. Coming from the Wawona/Big Trees Lodge was brutal. We expected a flat paced trail that would be easy to bike - not the case! The river at the bridge was awesome for swimming though. Buy an innertube (the store in Wawona sells them), and you can float around and even go down a natural waterside/rapid.

Wed Jul 28 2010

The hike was nothing to write home about, but the river and the swimming pools were very nice!

Tue Sep 12 2006

This is a beautiful trail shared with hikers. The trail is fairly well maintained. At the beginning you have to use the asphalt road to the equestrian trailhead. It's pretty slick for shod horses. Mine are barefoot and we had an easier time. No obstacles on trail. Just before you reach the lower falls you ride a fairly narrow stairstep. It is not, I repeat NOT for the faint of heart or novice. There is a 2000 foot drop to your right. The trail is 4 or 5 feet wide. Of course, we got off and walked our horses through this. We rode after Labor Day during the week, because we didn't want to encounter too many hikers with backpacks, especially on this stretch of the trail. The lower falls, although barely a trickle at this time of year, was very pretty and the horses got a drink of water. As it looked like rain coming, we did not go further. I understand there are switchbacks to the upper falls that also are not for inexperienced horses or riders. I'm glad I did this trail, but don't know if I'd do it again since there are many trails from Wawona that are by water and less of a risk.

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8 months ago

recorded Swinging Bridge Trail

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